Allegra Montanari - Team Cellist
Allegra has performed extensively across the nation playing principal for orchestras of the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Round Top Festival Orchestra and the Spoleto Festival USA. Allegra has served as an Associate Member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and a Finalist for the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida. She is a section member of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra has served as a member of the Ash Lawn Opera in Charlottesville, VA.
She has received chamber instruction from Shmuel Ashkenasi, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Roger Chase and William Preucil. She has performed chamber recitals throughout the United States and has collaborated with artists such as the Pacifica Quartet, Stefan Hersh, Orion Weiss and the Fifth House Ensemble. As a founding member of The Battery String Quartet, Allegra joined one of only two quartets invited to work closely with composer Joan Tower and the Muir Quartet in the Deer Valley Music Festival’s Emerging Quartets Program. In 2013, Allegra co-founded Duo Sogno with classical guitarist Jack Cimo and performed frequently across the Chicagoland area. Ms. Montanari remains active across the city as a performer with VOX Ensemble, Main Street Opera and other freelance engagements.
Allegra maintains a strong commitment to helping music serve her community. In 2012, Ms. Montanari created Sharing Notes, a nonprofit organization that engages young professional musicians to share their gifts in uplifting, interactive live performances for Chicago hospitals. Through her vision and initiative, Sharing Notes has grown to provide approximately 3,000 hospital patients and their loved ones each year with the healing power of music. She has created successful partnerships with Chicago healthcare institutions and medical staff that have resulted in over 150 performances for those in need. Committed to empowering young professionals, Allegra also formed unique educational partnerships with the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Negaunee Institute to offer students valuable skills of community engagement and entrepreneurship. Ms. Montanari received the Friends of La Rabida Award for Community Partnership in honor of outstanding service to the La Rabida Children’s Hospital.
Ms. Montanari graduated from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with High Distinction and a Business Minor. There Allegra studied with Professor Emilio Colon and had the opportunity to play several times for Janos Starker. Allegra completed her Masters at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where she was a student of John Sharp, Principal Cellist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.